[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rockaway as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Police Chaplain
Article II Police Department
[Adopted 8-11-1988 by Ord. No. 14-88]
The position of Police Chaplain is created in the Borough of Rockaway's Police Department.
Said Police Chaplain shall be appointed by the Mayor with consent of Council upon written recommendation of the Police Chief.
This appointment shall be without salary, rank or employment benefits.
The term of appointment shall be undefined and shall be terminated upon written recommendation of the Police Chief.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. V, which immediately followed this section and stated that this legislation amended and superseded Ord. No. 13-85, was repealed 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91.
[Adopted 2-14-1991 by Ord. No. 5-91 (Ch. 21 of the 1971 Code of Ordinances)]
There is hereby created in and for the Borough of Rockaway a Police Department, which shall consist of a Chief of Police and such members and officers as shall be deemed necessary by the Mayor and Council, who shall from time to time determine the number of persons, including temporary officers and members in an emergency, to be appointed to these positions, together with their compensation.
The members of the Public Safety Committee shall be designated as the appropriate authority as provided in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118. They shall be responsible for the overall performance of the Police Department and shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for the government of the Police Department and for the discipline of its members.
No person shall be appointed to the Police Department who is not qualified as provided in the New Jersey Statutes. The Public Safety Committee may also require that an applicant for appointment to the Police Department successfully complete a physical, mental and psychological examination.
The Police Department shall:
Preserve the public peace and protect life and property.
Detect, arrest and prosecute offenders of the law of New Jersey and the ordinances of the Borough of Rockaway.
Direct and control traffic.
Provide attendance and protection during emergencies.
Cooperate with all other law enforcement agencies.
Provide training for the efficiency of its members and officers.
The Chief of Police shall be the head of the Police Department and shall be directly responsible to the Mayor and Council for its efficiency and day-to-day operations. Pursuant to policies established by the Mayor and Council, the Chief of Police shall:
Administer and enforce the rules and regulations of the Police Department and any special emergency directive for the disposition and discipline of the Department and its members and officers.
Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers and duties of the Police Department.
Prescribe the duties and assignments of all members and officers.
Delegate such authority as may be deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department to be exercised under the Chief's direction and control.
Report at least once monthly to the Council, in such form as shall be prescribed, on the operation of the Police Department during the preceding month and make such other reports as may be requested by the Council.
No member or officer of the Police Department shall be suspended, removed, fined or reduced in rank for any cause other than incapacity, misconduct or disobedience as provided in the New Jersey Statutes and the Police Department's rules and regulations.
The Mayor and Council may appoint from time to time special law enforcement officers in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-146.10 et seq. for terms not exceeding one year. They shall possess and exercise all powers and duties provided by said statutes during their terms in office, but shall not be continued as regular members of the Police Department and shall not be entitled to tenure. The Chief of Police may authorize special law enforcement officers, when on duty, to exercise the same powers and authority as regular members of the Police Department, including the carrying of firearms and the power of arrest.
There is hereby created a bureau of the Police Department to be known as the "Detective Bureau," which shall be under the supervision of the Chief of Police. The number of men assigned to the Detective Bureau shall be determined by the Chief of Police with the consent of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rockaway.
Any regular duly appointed and qualified member of the Police Department of the Borough of Rockaway may be assigned to and reassigned from the Detective Bureau at the discretion of the Chief of Police without the necessity of obtaining the approval of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rockaway. Any assignment to and reassignment from the Detective Bureau shall in no way affect the status of, title of or seniority rights of the regular members of the Police Department so assigned or reassigned to the Detective Bureau.
In the event that a regular member of the Police Department of the Borough of Rockaway, due to reassignment or for any other cause, does not serve a full term as a detective, as may be prescribed by the appropriate salary ordinance of the Borough of Rockaway, the pay which said detective shall receive in addition to his regular salary as a member of the Police Department shall be prorated for the period of time said member of the Police Department serves within the Detective Bureau.
The creation of the Detective Bureau and the assignment of members of the Police Department of the Borough of Rockaway thereto shall not constitute the creation of a new office or rank within the Police Department for said member.
[Added 4-10-2014 by Ord. No. 04-14]
The Department shall be governed by such rules and regulations as may from time to time be promulgated by the Mayor and Council or by the Chief of Police, subject to approval by the Mayor and Council.
The rules and regulations of the Police Department will be kept on file in the office of the Borough Clerk, in the office of the Police Chief, and in the office of the Police Department.
These rules and regulations are applicable to all police officers of the Department and to all civilian employees of the Department, where appropriate.
One copy of these rules and regulations shall be electronically distributed to each employee of the Department.